This week in L.A. restaurants: Clark Street opens cocktail bar

Lily’s Bar

Of Hollywood Clark Street Diner has expanded with a bar next door. Lily’s Bar opens May 10 at the Best Western property, which also houses Clark Street Bread’s first full-service diner and restaurant (Formerly home of 101 Coffee Shop). The new cocktail lounge and natural bar are located in the space previously inhabited by the MiniBar. It offers classic and ABV-free blends from bartender Sean Stewart (formerly of Roger Room), with a natural wine list curated by Clark Street owner Zack Hall. Although the ownership is not expected to offer a full food menu, some small dishes are still available. Lily’s Bar is open from 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

6141 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles,

An overhead photo of Oy Bar's Hainanese chicken with a bowl of matzo ball soup.

The new restaurant of the team behind Jeff’s Table has opened, with dishes that build on the Jewish and Asian inspirations of gourmet shops, such as Hainanese-style chicken with a cup matzo ball soup.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times)

Oy Bar

Highland Park deli store Jeff’s Table now has a sibling concept in Studio City. Chef-owner Jeff Strauss recently opened an Oy Bar in the Bar’s former home at Oyster House, and like its fast-food counterpart, Oy Bar’s food menu is varied in Jewish flavors and other dishes for a varied menu. Expect bars, snacks and desserts, such as smoked salmon onigiri with miso butter and all sorts of condiments; pastrami quesadillas encrusted with jalapeño; and Hainanese style chicken with matzo-ball sauce. Unlike Jeff’s Table, the Oy Bar has a bar serving cocktails like the Cel-Ray-inspired Hard Cel with vodka, coriander, celery and lemon. Oy Bar is open from 6pm to midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

12446 Moorpark St., Studio City, (818) 761-8686,

A photo of two halves of a grilled chicken cheese sandwich stacked on top of each other.

A grilled cheese chain founded by San Diego is heading to Hollywood this month to offer greasy burgers.

(Grater grilled cheese)

Grilled Cheese Grater

A grilled cheese snack chain expands to Los Angeles on May 15. The family-owned Grater Grill Cheese started as a San Diego takeout truck in 2015, eventually expanding with stores restaurants in San Diego and Orange counties. This month, the bar opens in Hollywood with its largest location ever, serving classic grilled cheese with options of lobster, pesto chicken or Nashville hot chicken, plus burgers, ribs, and burgers. and salads. Grater Grill Cheese will be open from 11am to 9pm daily.

5553 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 366-2688,

HiHo Cheeseburger Studio City

The Wagyu-burger outfit HiHo Cheeseburger has now opened in Studio City, joining several new eateries – including Sugarfish and Uovo, from the same group of restaurants – in the new shopping complex Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge. HiHo Studio City offers the chain’s signature Mustard Wagyu, along with fried chicken sandwiches, pies, fries and milkshakes, all from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

4220 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City,

A photo of the HiHo Cheeseburger pastrami with fries on one side.

HiHo Cheeseburger is the latest in a string of restaurants to open at the Outlets at Sportsmen’s Lodge, a renovation of the iconic Studio City hotel.

(Eddie Sanchez / HiHo Cheeseburger)

Delicious Tokyo Little

LA’s food-focused Japanese cultural event is back for its seventh year. On June 25 and 26, Delicious Little Tokyo will return with a series of food tours, cocktail tasting events and bingo games for all ages held throughout the downtown area. 2022 offerings include the “History of Little Tokyo Food Tours” in partnership with the National Museum of America of Japan and the Little Tokyo Historical Society on June 25 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. afternoon, and June 26 at 2 p.m.; a self-guided matcha tour on June 25 from 1 to 3 pm; and “J-Town Bingo” from noon to 4 p.m. on June 25 and 26.

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